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OSCE to monitor situation on contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh on August 3

August 02, 9:57 UTC+3 BAKU
On April 2, the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh rapidly deteriorated when the parties to the Karabakh conflict accused each other of violating truce along the front line
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BAKU, August 2. /TASS/. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will conduct monitoring at the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh on August 3, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

"In accordance with the mandate of the OSCE current chair’s special representatives, another monitoring is planned to be held on August 3 at the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces near the settlement of Orta Garvend in the Agdamsky district," the defense ministry said. OSCE current chairman’s special representative Anjey Kasperchik will conduct monitoring on the territory controlled by Azerbaijani forces while his field aides will work on the territory controlled by Armenian forces.

On April 2, the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh rapidly deteriorated when the parties to the Karabakh conflict accused each other of violating truce along the front line. The claims came from defense authorities of Armenia and of Azerbaijan.

On April 5 Azerbaijan’s Chief of Staff Col. Gen. Nadjmeddin Sadykov and his Armenian counterpart Col. Gen. Yury Khachaturov in Moscow with Russia’s mediation. At the talks the sides reached an agreement on cessation of hostilities at the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces. On the same day, the defense ministries of the two countries announced that the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh would start at 12am local time.

Though the ceasefire mostly holds, both sides continue to report occasional violations of ceasefire on the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh.

On May 16 the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan met in Vienna. Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev agreed to "make steps to monitor observance of agreements on ceasefire and introduce a mechanism on investigating incidents." They also agreed to "possible resume the negotiations process on settling the conflict," the press service of the Armenian president said.

In the trilateral declaration adopted on June 20 after the meeting between the presidents of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan in St. Petersburg, the sides confirmed adherence to normalizing the situation on the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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